Recurring Breast Cancer Odds
what are the odds for breast cancer to recur? does emotion affect the growth of cancer cells?
There are indicators that are sometimes used to predict the likelihood of recurrence, for example: lymph node involvement, tumour size, ER status, tumour stage and grade.
These are only indicators though and enable doctors to predict the possibility of recurrence, not to guarantee an outcome.
Chance of recurrence is statistically less after five years, but breast cancer can recur at any time, no doctor will ever tell a breast cancer patient s/he is ‘all clear’.
No, there is no evidence at all that emotion affects the growth of cancer cells.
The idea that a ‘fighting spirit’ and ‘thinking positive’ is associated with longer survival from breast cancer or that ‘helplessness and hopelessness’ predicted poorer outcomes was exploded by a report in the British Medical Journal – researchers analysed existing studies from 1979 onwards and found that the idea of the positive living longer was rubbish.
Among 10 previous studies on people whose illnesses make them anxious and depressed, the BMJ writers found no shred of proof that either of these psychological factors had any impact on whether or not a cancer recurred., and eight studies exploring ‘problem-focused coping’ produced no link with prolonged remission or cure.
The authors’ conclusion was that there was no good evidence that ‘acceptance, fatalism or denial have an important influence on outcome’.
I know from my own experience that it can be very stressful having people urge you to ‘be positive!’ when you have been diagnosed with cancer. Many cancer patients feel guilty or more depressed because they just CAN’T be as positive as people keep urging them to be.
Recurrent Breast Cancer Treated With Hyperthermia